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Construction on ELI-NP infrastructure to be started on Friday

Romania’s Government, Education Ministry and the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Engineering (IFIN-HH) will hold on Friday at the Magurele research platform a ceremony for the start of construction works on the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) research facility, Agerpres reports.
Attending the event will be Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta; European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn; Romania’s Education Ministry Remus Pricopie; Minister-delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Development Mihnea Costoiu; state secretary with Education Ministry Tudor Prisecaru, and IFIN-HH Director General Nicolae Victor Zamfir.
The Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) Scientific Facility, to be built on the Magurele-Bucharest Physics Platform, will become operational in 2017 and employ the largest number of Eastern European nuclear specialists. The main instruments of the centre will be a very high intensity laser. ELI-NP will be one of the three pillars of ELI – THE EXTREME LIGHT INFRASTRUCTURE, along with the facilities dedicated to the study of secondary sources (Dolni Brezany, near Prague) and attosecond pulses (Szeged). ELI-NP is a very complex facility. The project costs are put at EUR 356.231 M, 83 per cent of which will be covered by the EU and 17 per cent by Romania.
The project will be developed in two stages: a stage that spans the current programming period of structural funds, when EUR 180 M will be spent, to end in 2015, and a second stage, spanning to 2014-2016.

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